A bear in southern Arizona caused quite a stir this week, along with a brief power outage, after it climbed onto a utility pole and got stuck.
The Sulfur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) utility company was notified Monday morning that the bear was trapped in power lines outside of Willcox, about 80 miles east of Tucson.
Werner Neubauer, a lineman for the company, said he and his apprentice lineman were quick to turn off the power so the animal wouldn’t get electrocuted, Phoenix’s FOX 10 reported.
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This photo provided by Werner Neubauer shows a bear entangled in power pole cables in Willcox, Arizona, on Monday, June 7, 2021 (Courtesy of Werner Neubauer via AP).
“He [the bear] he was in a pretty dangerous place. He could have been electrocuted very easily. It was very close to a phase energized at 7,500 volts, ”Neubauer said.
Shortly after, the lineman said he went up in a bucket elevator to try to help lower the animal. At one point, she even tried talking to him.
Very good, bear. It’s time to get off this post, ”Neubauer was heard saying in a video posted on Twitter by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
“I think I told him I would help him get off the pole,” he later told The Associated Press. I know he couldn’t understand me. But it did get his attention.
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Thanks to his efforts, the bear finally got down and ran out into the desert. The animal was unharmed.
According to the utility company, the huge animal mistook the pole for a tree. Power was quickly restored, the company added.
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It was the second time in a month that a bear was seen climbing a utility pole in a southern Arizona city, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.